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Scudamore to stay in Premier position as Cole says bye

Reuters, LONDON

(FILES) A file picture taken in London on May 30, 2009, shows Chelsea`s Ashley Cole lifting the FA Cup after his team beat Everton 2-1 to win the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Former England defender Ashley Cole announced Tuesday May 20, 2014, that he will leave Chelsea when his contract ends in a few weeks.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore will keep his job despite calls for his head after he allegedly sent sexist remarks in e-mails leaked by a former personal assistant.

The Premier League on Monday said it acted on the findings of an inclusion advisory board that there was no discrimination in its working environment and accepted the 54-year-old’s apology.

“Responses from many women in employment at the Premier League, and extensive consultations with others, establish that there is no climate of disrespect of women in the workplace,” it said in a statement.

Scudamore was forced to apologize last week after a newspaper revealed e-mails he sent to friends that were exposed by a temporary female employee at the league.

The e-mails’ contents were described as “completely unacceptable” by British Minister for Sports and Tourism Helen Grant.

In a statement on Monday, Scudamore said the “exchanges do not reflect my views towards women in football, the workplace or in general...” and vowed to “help promote diversity and inclusion, develop the women’s game and support women who want be involved in football at any level.”

The board said that after reviewing a lot of documents it had found no proof of “wider discriminatory attitudes or inappropriate language or a general attitude of disrespect to women.”

It also said the leaked messages were “private communications between friends of longstanding and the temporary PA [personal assistant] was not exposed to them in the course of her duties, but had to search for them in a private e-mail account which she was not authorized to access.”

Scudamore faced accusations of hypocrisy after claiming he supported women’s inclusion in the game, with Australian Moya Dodd, one of three women on FIFA’s executive committee, saying she was dismayed by his comments.

“It’s time we challenged ourselves about whether we could be more open to females and we are as inclusive as we can be,” said Dodd, who is also an Asian Football Confederation vice president.

In other Premier League news, former England defender Ashley Cole has tweeted that his eight-year spell at Stamford Bridge is almost certainly over and he will not be with Chelsea next season.

Cole called time on his 107-cap England career earlier this month.

“Thank u Chelsea FC for making my 8 years there a pleasure to work all the staff and players, we’ve been through a lot, good and bad. And now I’ll be looking for another journey in my life hope it can be like my others full of fun and of course WIN something,” the 33-year-old posted.

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